Director of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise David Yates has had to come out and defend the decision to keep Johnny Depp cast in the movie, as fans weren't happy about the decision.
Johnny, who has been accused of being "verbally and physically abusive" towards ex-wife Amber Heard, plays the iconic role of Grindelwald in the series.
“Honestly, there’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening,” David told Entertainment Weekly. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”
“By testament, some of the women in [Depp’s] life have said the same thing — ‘that’s not the human being we know.’ It’s very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out. Johnny isn’t in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn’t bear any more analysis. It’s a dead issue.”
Stranger Things star Winona Ryder was one of Johnny's exes that came forward to defend him from the accusations, saying he was "never abusive at all."
It is important not to disregard Amber's claims, however Johnny was never convicted or charged with a crime.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is set to hit cinemas on November 16, 2018.